Series: Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
Time is tossed,
As galaxies found
The seventh season of Power Rangers
, adapted from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman
occupies an interesting place in Power Rangers
continuity. Starting with this season, Saban adopted the Sentai practice of producing self-contained seasons with little or no links to previous years; Lost Galaxy
featured a completely new group of Rangers receiving completely new powers and carrying out missions largely independent of previous teams. Having said that, it also maintains some links to the six-year "Zordon Era" that preceded it, particularly in the presence of supporting characters, the Psycho Rangers
, and the Astro Megaship
. In short, it was something of a Passing the Torch
moment in terms of how Power Rangers seasons would be conducted, being something of a Postscript Season
to the Zordon Era whilst simultaneously launching the season-by-season approach. Finally, it was also the first time the show averted the "Recruit Teenagers with Attitude
" trope it named: four of the six main characters (counting the Sixth Ranger
) already have accepted positions within the Galactic Space Alliance.
The series also was the subject of much behind the scenes controversy adaptation-wise. Rather than working closely with the creators of Super Sentai
to find out what kind of show Gingaman
would be, Fox and Saban went ahead with the notion of another space-themed series due to the popularity of Power Rangers in Space
. Sadly, what they got was a nature-themed show with horses and the space vehicle zords that they thought were going to be the main Zords became the back-up Zord for the show. Also, problems arose with the cast as one of the Ranger actresses became ill and had to be replaced, the plan for them to bring back the In Space
Pink Ranger fell through after filming her first episode, and she
was replaced with yet another In Space
), although most feel this worked out for the better.
The story starts out with Leo Corbett
, younger brother of GSA officer Mike
, stowing away aboard the roaming space station Terra Venture. He meets his brother's coworkers Kendrix
, and they're suddenly approached by Maya
, an alien girl from the planet Mirinoi. She's come through a wormhole and needs someone to save her people. Leo, Kendrix and Mike immediately agree to follow her
, while Kai initially refuses, until guilt convinces him to go hijack the Power Rangers' Astro Megaship and help his friends, with the help of Alpha 6
Once on Mirinoi, Mike, Kendrix, Kai, Maya and Damon pull the Quasar Sabers from their stones, fulfilling the prophecy and becoming the Power Rangers. Unfortunately, possession of the Quasar Sabers is what Scorpius' minions were after, anyway, and this leads to a fight. Mike is killed, insisting Leo save the Quasar Saber instead of him
, and Leo becomes the Red Ranger in his brother's place
. Scorpius takes the whole thing as a free ticket to attack Terra Venture whenever he wants to get the Sabers for himself and turns the people of Mirinoi to stone. Naturally, the Rangers choose to fight him. But when Scorpius' search turns towards a power called the Lights of Orion, things start getting more complicated...
After its opening episodes attained tremendous viewing figures in the States, the series suffered a ratings dip that made for problems between Fox and Saban. The series was pulled from the airwaves for several months before the last couple of episodes could air, in order to give the time slot to the recently debuted Digimon Adventure
dub. It has a few solid fans for the dark, almost poetic stories it told. This is the first series to actually kill good guys, although two got better and the other one got to be reunited with his son, so it was okay by him. Since then, Lost Galaxy
has been favorably compared to what's seen as the better seasons; primarily Power Rangers in Space
, Power Rangers Time Force
, and Power Rangers RPM
Succeeded by Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.Not to be confused with
, Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
, Team Galaxy
, or Team Galactic
Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:
- All Your Powers Combined: the Rangers' Lights of Orion Finishing Move.
- Animal Motifs:
- Big Bad: Originally Scorpius, then once he's offed Trakeena takes over. Captain Mutiny stands in for a late arc.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Go, Galactic!" for the five standard Rangers; "Magna Power!" for Mike as the Magna Defender.
- Chest Insignia: V-shaped belt buckles can be considered the team symbol. There also seem to be personal Galactabeast symbols, but on the hilts of their swords instead of their costumes. And, of course, the Charlie Brown-style zigzags on the chest, though it's likely that those areas were actually meant to represent sharp teeth (this interpretation is especially noticeable during the morphing sequence, when they're standing in front of the large gold animal symbols with their chests positioned where the mouths would be).
- City of Adventure: Terra Venture
- The Dragon: Each Big Bad had their own: Scorpius had Furio and Treacheron, Trakeena had Villamax, and Captain Mutiny had Barbarax. Deviot also served all three in turn.
- Five-Man Band:
- Configuration One:
- Configuration Two:
- Great Offscreen War: Any backstory that comes up happened 3,000 years ago.
- Home Base: Technically the Astro Megaship, but it isn't used all that much.
- Humongous Mecha
- Combining Mecha: Standard practice for Power Rangers/Sentai, but unsusually, not of the mecha combine with each other. All three Megazords and the Torozord feature their own combinations, but none of them attach to each other as a Mecha Expansion Pack.
- Made of Explodium
- Make My Monster Grow: Performed by downing a vial of green liquid.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Played straight with the Lost Galactabeasts and Leo's armor. Somewhat inverted with the Lights of Orion. Though the Lights of Orion greatly augment the Rangers (plus their weapons and the Galaxy Megazord), all five Rangers must be present for activation.
- Monster of the Week: Like the previous season the monsters don't seem to share any single origin, and are vaguely defined "aliens"... even the ones based on Earth cultures or animals...
- Part of the reason that there's no single unifying theme is because Gingaman had four themed groups working for the Big Bad:note "Villamax's" biker bugs, "Treacheron's" samurai sea creatures, "Barbarax's" war machines, and "Hexuba's" mythological monsters.
- Mooks: Scorpius and Trakeena used Stingwingers; Captain Mutiny had Swabbies.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: Power Rangers, well, in SPACE! (Yes, even more so than the actual Power Rangers in Space.)
- She's a Man in Japan: Like a few other PR series, the Gingaman Yellow Ranger was male as opposed to the female Lost Galaxy Yellow Ranger. It's probably the most noticeable case of them all seeing as how the LG Yellow Ranger was pretty well endowed. The producers seemed to catch this however, and future Yellow Rangers who got the same gender flip would be played by more boyishly figured actresses.
- You can actually tell when they switch between stock Japanese footage and American shots because the Yellow Ranger inexplicably gains breasts.
- Super Mode: The Lights of Orion
- The Jet Jammers
- Cool Bike: The boys' Astro Cycles and Leo's Capsular Cycle
- Weapon of Choice:
- Word Power:
This subseries contains examples of: